Greg Coulton x Pearson 'Sheen' limited edition Giclee print
Enjoy a limited edition of the fine hand-drawn illustration 'Sheen' by world-renowned artist, Greg Coulton. Hand made Giclee prints on the highest quality and finest Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm card, 42cm x 60cm, individually signed by Greg.
'Sheen' is a typographic study of our leafy suburb situated along the River Thames in Richmond, London. The drawing details places of interest, historical events and various flora and fauna found in the surrounding area, as well as linking to our shop's heritage.
Sheen’s history is long and complicated, mostly due to it’s uncertain boundaries and ever-changing municipal governance. It is also a place of great historical importance, with a long succession of ruling monarchs, dating back to Henry 1.
‘Sceon’ is the earliest recording of the name in c.950, meaning shed or shelter. There are numerous different spellings recorded over the centuries, including Syenes, Schene, Sheanes and Shene.
In 1299 Edward I took his whole court to the manor-house at Sheen, which then became a royal palace. A few years later in 1305, William Wallace was executed in London, and it was in Sheen that the Commissioners from Scotland went down on their knees before Edward. Edward I is depicted here as ‘EI’ forming the first ‘E’ in ‘SHEEN’. The execution of William Wallace is illustrated by a solitary beheaded thistle beneath the ‘E’ for Edward.
In 1383 Richard II was the first English king to make Sheen his main residence, which became formally known as Sheen Palace.
Under Henry VII’s rule, a fire destroyed most of the wooden buildings on the site. Henry rebuilt it and named it Richmond Palace after his title of Earl of Richmond. In 1502, Henry VIII celebrated Christmas at Richmond Palace. In her ‘Memoirs of the Court of Henry the Eighth’, Mrs. A. T. Thomson wrote of those celebrations:
“On the night of the Epiphany (1510), a pageant was introduced into the hall at Richmond, representing a hill studded with gold and precious stones, and having on its summit a tree of gold, from which hung roses and pomegranates. On another occasion, in the presence of the court, an artificial forest was drawn in by a lion and a stag , the hides of which were richly embroidered with golden ornaments”
When Elizabeth I became Queen she spent much of her time at Richmond, as she enjoyed hunting stags in the ‘Newe Parke of Richmonde’ (now the Old Deer Park). Elizabeth died there on 24 March 1603. There continue to be red deer in Richmond Park today, possibly descendants of the original herd.
Another animals with royal lineage found within the boundaries of Richmond Park are Swans. Here the Royal swan is portrayed with outstretched wings, opposite to its usual serene posture, in order to depict the often turbulent history of the monarchy during their time in and around Sheen.
Pearson represents the family name of our business, 1860 the date we were established by Thomas Pearson 160 years ago.
Until the expansion of Greater London in 1965, Sheen was originally part of Surrey. Here the letter ‘S’ is for Surrey, and is adorned with the intertwined keys and acorns derived from Surrey County Council’s Coat of Arms.
The generally accepted ‘centre’ of Sheen is known as the Triangle on the Green, found where Sheen Lane and Upper Richmond Road cross. Sharing the triangle is the East Sheen War Memorial and Milestone . The distances still visible on the Milestone read ‘VI’ , ‘VIII’ with ‘X’ featuring on two sides.
The animals (Lion, Swan & Stag), Flora (Thistle, Rose & Pomegranate) and Roman Numerals (VI, VII & X) all appear within the artwork in threes, depicting the three sides or corners of a triangle - thus representing Sheen’s centre ‘The Triangle on the Green’.